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2013 Annual Report

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Strategic Plan Report 2014-2016

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Our strategic plan is the product of a comprehensive process undertaken by CLC in 2012-2013. The plan is designed to help us identify the key planning issues in our community; establish priorities for our land conservation efforts; design specific strategies to ensure that CLC’s resources are focused for maximum impact; and create plans to ensure our financial stability.
This Strategic Plan Report outlines our goals for 2014-2016, organized into six specific strategic areas.
We look forward to a focused, coordinated and efficient three years – with your support.

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Congressman Chris Gibson Provides Leadership for Conservation Easement Incentive Act

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The Columbia Land Conservancy applauds Congressman Chris Gibson for co-sponsoring the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, H.R. 2807.  The bill was adopted by the full House of Representatives as part of the America Gives More Act, H.R. 4719. The Conservation Easement Incentive Act has been the number one legislative priority for the land trust community for several years. It makes it possible for people of modest financial means who own property with high conservation value to be able to afford to permanently protect their land.

“Conservation easements [...] have led to a significant increase in the acreage of protected farms and forests across the country—properties that benefit all of us through their agricultural productivity and natural beauty,” said Congressman Gibson.  Gibson, who has been a leader on conservation issues in the House, specifically thanked CLC for our efforts in farmland protection and habitat conservation.
To learn more about conservation easements, and CLC’s efforts, click here.
To learn more about the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, click here.

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Support CLC’s efforts to create North Bay Recreation and Natural Area

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Last Thursday’s Columbia Paper editorial discusses the North Bay project:  “CLC and city and county officials have made great progress over the last three years and now have agreed to support a modest initiative aimed at planning the specific steps needed to create the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area….. [the] small steps it would take to improve and extend a new point of public access to the Hudson River and its shoreline also remind us what makes this county a special place. No matter how we measure the financial rewards from this new natural resource, its existence will enrich our lives.”
We hope you help us safeguard North Bay’s special habitats during your visits, and support our efforts to bring this public recreational space to fruition.

 

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Planning for Streamside Habitats and Flood Resilience

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August 26th, 2014; 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Catskill Town Hall, 439 Main Street, Catskill, NY

Presented by: Ron Frisbee, CCE Columbia Greene & Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia. This seminar includes an overview of stream dynamics and flooding, and a presentation on Catskill Creek habitats and their role in flood prevention.  This seminar will increase your understanding of how streams work and steps communities can take to decrease vulnerability to flooding. For more information or to register:  (518) 622-9820 x 33.

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Mapping Tool for Effects of Sea Level Rise on Communities

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July 24th, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Orange County Community College
1 Washington Center, Kaplan Hall, Great Room, Newburgh, NY 12550

Presenter Jason Winner, Conservation GIS Manager at Scenic Hudson, will show how Scenic Hudson’s Sea Level Rise Mapper lets users visualize future scenarios of sea level rise and coastal flooding. This mapping tool can be used to identify municipal resources that are at risk and strategize for resiliency and adaptation.
The event is free, but please register in advance.
For more information regarding the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project,
visit: www.hudsonestuaryresilience.net

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The Future Of Oil On The Hudson

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July 9th, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front Street, Hudson, NY

Join Riverkeeper’s Kate Hudson, Watershed Program Director, and Scenic Hudson for a presentation about the risks of crude oil transportation in the Hudson Valley. This presentation is made possible by the generosity of the venue host, Basilica Hudson.
Background: Until recently, there was little or no crude oil transported in the Hudson Valley. Due to the growth of oil production, up to 5 billion gallons of crude oil is being transported through the Hudson Valley annually by train, barge and ship today. This virtual pipeline could affect our communities and environmental resources. Further, proposed Hudson River oil facility expansions and the proposed development of a regional pipeline could increase the transport of crude oil locally by as much as 3.8 billion gallons annually.
This event is free and open to the public.

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Climate Change: It’s Real and It’s Serious

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by Peter Paden Published July 4, 2014 in the Register-Star

Climate Change: It’s Real and It’s Serious

I learned something really interesting the other day about snapping turtles. Their gender is determined by the temperature of the nest where the eggs are incubated. Turtles lay eggs anywhere from 6 to 10 inches deep. Those closer to the surface are warmer, and produce females; males are a product of the deeper, cooler nests. To me, this is one of those fascinating scientific factoids that inspire amazement and awe at the mysteries of the universe.

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